If you do not mind
May I sit here for awhile
I promise not to get too close
I won’t make a sound.
I see you withdraw
Do you feel invisible to the world
Always know that no matter what
I see you.
While I wait for your return
I write down words on paper
My love scratches across the lines
To pass to you when the time is right.
When the shower of loneliness pours down
I will shield you with an umbrella
For as long as it takes
I will lessen the drops that fall
If frigid fear comes
I will wrap my arms around you from behind
With your head bowed low
I will lay mine upon you and take the cold.
The times that the claws of rage grab your heart
I lift my shield
Ready for the sting of your words
They will be deflected by my devotion.
Whether it lasts moments or days
I will still be here sitting
Waiting for your return
Ready to embrace you once more.
I will never know
The strength it takes for you to wake each day
I offer thanks that you do.
I do not pretend to know how it feels
But I listen and continue to learn
How best to help
And love you too.